Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Famous 4th Street Cookies and a Quiz

Over the past weekend while others were carousing at the wedding of our graduate student colleague, another was off to Pennsylvania, where the bride is from, for a graduation.  This resulted in a short but nice visit to "the City of Brotherly Love" aka Philadelphia, PA.  On Sunday the weather was perfect for a walkabout which included the cathedral, the Ben Franklin parkway museum area, and the obligatory walk up the steps of the art museum while dodging all the runners emulating Rocky Balboa whose statue is on the museum grounds.  From there it was on to Rittenhouse Square, Chestnut Street and the Reading Terminal Market which is a great place that has food prices that are significantly less than in Boston.
Inside the Reading Terminal Market

The visit to the market presented the perfect opportunity to bring something back for cake hour and the selected vendor inside the market hall was the Famous 4th Street Cookie Bakery. 
Who knew they were famous!

A random selection waits inside

After the unveiling

These looked great and they offered a big selection so with instructions to just give me your selection of 16 cookies the salesgirls did their job and packed me a nice little box to go in a reusable Reading Terminal Market bag no less! The cookies made it back with Amtrak safe and sound and were the featured treat today.  However before serving them up I wondered what did people actually know about Philadelphia other than it being the home of the Liberty Bell (if they even knew that.)

So before anyone could make a cookie selection they had to take the Philadelphia Quiz. This was a quiz with 12 questions and one for extra credit pertaining to classical, colonial and contemporary Philadelphia. The highest scorer got to pick the first cookies and the second highest next etc. Our champion scored 10 right although she admitted she was mainly guessing. The bulk of the crowd got around 7 correct which is not too bad considering how little and impact the city is having on their lives. Take the quiz and see how you do!

The cookie selection was comprehensive and fairly represented their offerings including chocolate chip, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, white chocolate and macademia nut or so it seemed etc.
The full offering
Looks like chocolate chips with nuts
A sugar cookie
Classic Oatmeal Raisin
Pick your favorite

For the complete menu check out their website and see if you can match them up to the pictures. So if you are in Philly go to the Reading Terminal Market and grab yourself a cookie or an ice cream because they have that too!


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